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|From "Malcolm X " to " El-Hajj Malik El-Shabaz "|
|03/07/01 at 14:02:15|
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NO PEACE WITHOUT FREEDOM
By Salam Elmenyawi, The Gazette, 3/4/2001
"The famous black American civil-rights activist Malcolm X changed his name
to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabaz after his pilgrimage to Mecca, known as the hajj.
In fact, he changed more than just his name. Malcolm completed his political
and spiritual transformation and his philosophy evolved fully after his 1964
pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest site for Muslims."
"To have an insight into Malcolm's transformation, one must reflect on the
hajj taking place right now, culminating with a celebration called Eid Al
Adha or Festival of Sacrifice, to be held in North America on Tuesday. This
festival is the holiest religious celebration on the Muslim calendar, which
is why it's also called the Great Festival."
"The hajj is a time for atonement, repentance, humility and total submission
to the one God, the creator, the cherisher and the sustainer. In this
period, Muslims follow in the footsteps of Prophet Abraham - Ibrahim in
Arabic - and his family, remembering their trials and sacrifices."
"Malcolm X, after learning the true message of the Prophet, demonstrated it
in inspiring words, indeed. He said, 'What most impressed me with the hajj
is the brotherhood, the people of all races, colour, from all over the world
coming together as one. It has proved to me the power of the one God.
...Everything about the hajj atmosphere accented the oneness of man under one God.'"
"As we celebrate Eid, remembering Malcolm, we must not forget the
oppressed around the world. We must remember and pray for an end to the
sufferings induced on the people of Afghanistan, Kashmir and the dying Iraqi
We must pray for the freedom of the Chechen and Palestinian people who are
under oppressive occupation, whose blood has been made cheaper than all
others, and for whose protection no actions have been taken. The loss of
their children, parents, relatives, neighbours and homes deprive them of the
same opportunity we have to celebrate and enjoy Eid."
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